PRESTONSBURG — Logan Hall has walked plenty of miles in the dust-covered boots of a coal miner, but this week he is walking a different sort of mile, as he tries to shine a light on the plight of coal miners in Appalachia and across the nation.
This year’s winner of the County Music Highway’s “Road to Fame” competition chose to raise awareness about coal mining this week by walking one mile in each of the counties along the Country Music Highway.
Logan Hall, began his trek Wednesday and continued Thursday, when he ended at the East Kentucky Expo Center, in Pikeville, prior to his opening act performance for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The purpose for Logan Hall’s Walk for Awareness is to bring attention to coal miners, not just in Eastern Kentucky, but all across America. Hall is hoping to use his new-found celebrity to bring awareness to the many who are struggling desperately in provide for their families.
“It,s a bad place to be when you want to work, you’re willing to do a job, and it’s a hard job, but you can’t because are no jobs out there,” says Hall.
Hall himself is a former coal miner who was injured on the job in 2009. His back was broken in three places, and he was forced into disability.
“That took me out of the coal industry,” says Hall. “It was a tragedy to me. You don’t know how you’re going pay bills or buy groceries to feed your family.”
Since winning the competition this past June, Logan’s life has changed significantly. He has spent time touring and working with other artists like Tom T. Hall, and recording a new song. But Hall hasn’t forgotten where he was just a short time ago.
“You don’t easily forget those low days.”
In addition to the walk, Hall will be releasing his self-penned single, “Treasures from the Ground,” with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Coal Mining Our Future.
Hall says that as a songwriter, there have been times when he would sift through material thinking, “What am I going to write about?”
“Then there are songs, like in 10 minutes, I’m sitting there with a finished song,” says Hall. “I don’t feel like I wrote it, it feels like I just wrote it down.” Hall says “Treasures from the Ground” was one of those songs.
“It’s a high spirited song, that lets people know about coal miners,” Hall said. “We’re a tough people, and we’re going to do what we have to survive.”
“Treasures from the Ground” became available on Google Play on Tuesday.
Hall walked a mile each in Greenup, Boyd, Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd, Pike and Letcher counties.
Following his concert appearance with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall will be performing Sunday in Ashland at the Poag Landing Festival along with the other top three finalists from this year’s “Road to Fame” competition.